From what I've gathered, there are many fans who practically hate the book and think of it as the worst one form the whole series. For many years, I couldn't share that point of view and was, in fact, on the other side of the fence. As the time passes, though, I'm beginning to see the fault in my thinking and yet I still lack enough perspective to be able to critically evaluate the book. What I liked about it was the portrayal of the character of God as the antagonist and Memnoch, the Devil, as the righteous one. It was particularly interesting when put into context with Anne Rice's relationship with Christianity. The negative points, for me, are that the book seemed self-indulgent at best and didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the series. It also didn't really bring much into the characterisation of the characters, though that's certainly just my subjective opinion.
What do you guys think? Are you one of those who hated the book? If so, what are your reasons? And if you liked it, what do you think are its positive points? I'd love to hear what everyone thinks about it so that I can put my own opinions into a perspective.
Thanks to anyone who answers.